Uncle Jay explains the blogosphere

posted at 6:24 pm on September 27, 2007 by Michelle

Uncle Jay produces a cute, weekly video report called “Uncle Jay Explains.” This week he has an equal opportunity ribbing of the blogosphere, including yours truly:

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I couldn’t get very far… the guy is creepy.

j_ehman on September 27, 2007 at 6:31 PM

Hey, as long as he is in equal opportunity offender that’s OK.
I think I’m frightened by the blogosphere.

terryannonline on September 27, 2007 at 6:33 PM

OMG what’s gonna happen when the Blogosphere becomes sentient?!?!?!?!

Mindcrime on September 27, 2007 at 6:34 PM

Know even less and write even worse

He talked about meeeeee! And the rest of you scumbags too.

RushBaby on September 27, 2007 at 6:35 PM

“No Child’s Behind Left Alone”. There was a spanking in there for everyone.

jdpaz on September 27, 2007 at 6:36 PM

ROFL!

Tennman on September 27, 2007 at 6:37 PM

Uncle Jay needs to explain the term “contrarism”. Especially as it relate to doing so just for the sake of it.

csdeven on September 27, 2007 at 6:40 PM

Amusing.

JammieWearingFool on September 27, 2007 at 6:44 PM

Fake but accurate reporting = journalistic integrity

omnipotent on September 27, 2007 at 6:44 PM

Heh…that was actually pretty good.

flipflop on September 27, 2007 at 6:44 PM

Wait, he’s bashing blogs while using YOUTUBE as an outlet? He looks like a pedophile. Gave me the shivers.

robblefarian on September 27, 2007 at 6:49 PM

that was funny…cmon everyone knows it was funny…even bryan had to laugh at that one

ernesto on September 27, 2007 at 6:49 PM

nice! :)

trailortrash on September 27, 2007 at 6:52 PM

That was actually pretty damn funny. His emphasis on the religion and integrity of professional journalists was truly sublime satire.

doriangrey on September 27, 2007 at 6:53 PM

Oh, come on. That was funny. If you can’t appreciate that, you need to lighten up.

I love someone who is an equal-opportunity snarksmith, and that’s what Uncle Jay just proved.

Meryl Yourish on September 27, 2007 at 6:55 PM

Hey a Hot Air reference! Some would argue that he was referring to air which is hot, not this particular site, but we don’t need to associate with those people.

TexasDan on September 27, 2007 at 6:57 PM

…*clap* … *clap* … *clap*…

Quite a performance, Uncle Jay. Oh.. quite a performance, indeed.

–The Sarcastic Clapping Family of Southhampton

The Ugly American on September 27, 2007 at 6:58 PM

I’m willing to take the blame for global warming, 40 million uninsured americans, torturing people at gitmo and a host of other fun things, but how the heck am I responsible for transfats?

trubble on September 27, 2007 at 7:00 PM

I liked it. I think I’ll subscribe to his videos. Too bad he lumped in LGF and Hot Air with Daily Kos and HuffandPuff. But I still found it funny.

mram on September 27, 2007 at 7:03 PM

Know I know were I fit in the blogosphere, a polluter on too much toxic substances!

My type of blog, lots of pictures and no big words!

Kini on September 27, 2007 at 7:12 PM

OMG what’s gonna happen when the Blogosphere becomes sentient?!?!?!?!

Mindcrime on September 27, 2007 at 6:34 PM

See thats my opinion that Allahpundit isnt a person but a very advanced Computer AI program much like

Max Headroom

He keeps posting new robot links in the hopes of finding the perfect robot. Since he hasnt found it yet he is making plans to download himself into an I-phone until the perfect robot body arrives

William Amos on September 27, 2007 at 7:18 PM

Know even less and write even worse

He talked about meeeeee! And the rest of you scumbags too.

RushBaby on September 27, 2007 at 6:35 PM

Ha ! ! Beat me to it.

Texyank on September 27, 2007 at 7:18 PM

Everything I needed to know I learned in 1st grade. Don’t bogart, uncle jay!

locomotivebreath1901 on September 27, 2007 at 7:18 PM

Ha, ha, look at one of the trackbacks!

When Will I Get A Hot Air Login?

How ’bout it Michelle? Can we open it up for a minute or two?

RushBaby on September 27, 2007 at 7:19 PM

Uncle Jay’s okay by me… honest, fair and reasonable with no vitriol or extremism that I could see.

petefrt on September 27, 2007 at 7:19 PM

Uncle Jay’s okay by me… honest, fair and reasonable with no vitriol or extremism that I could see.

petefrt on September 27, 2007 at 7:19 PM

No extremism at all. Of course the MSM always fact check and always tells the truth!

sarc/off

allrsn on September 27, 2007 at 7:36 PM

hahaha, that was hilarious. Thanks for sharing that.

Hey I waited and read for a long time before they opened up registration. They should have to read first. But I guess it could be fun to let some other ideas into this sandbox.

ThackerAgency on September 27, 2007 at 7:39 PM

He talked about meeeeee! And the rest of you scumbags too.

RushBaby on September 27, 2007 at 6:35 PM

C’mon, can’t us scumbags write any better on this neo-con blog comment section?

To the “Bush-loving bloggers” and us “scumbag commenters” here, I salute you!

JetBoy on September 27, 2007 at 7:42 PM

btw…Isn’t “UncleJayExplains” a…. blog ?

JetBoy on September 27, 2007 at 7:44 PM

If Uncle Jay had a babe in the background smiling, nodding and winking punctuational like, he would go bigtime quick.

BL@KBIRD on September 27, 2007 at 7:51 PM

JetBoy on September 27, 2007 at 7:42 PM

The real hilarity will ensue when this new inside joke is bandied about in here and commenters who missed this thread will get all indignant. *evil grin*

RushBaby on September 27, 2007 at 7:51 PM

Chuckle!

JimK on September 27, 2007 at 8:04 PM

The bad news, there are 52 Mondays in a year.

TheSitRep on September 27, 2007 at 8:09 PM

“Neocon, corporate, racist, Bush-is-god, flag, Bible, homophobe, cold-dead-hands, transfat, right-wing scumbag blogs.”

He left out gun-totin’. I’m offended.

RedWinged Blackbird on September 27, 2007 at 8:23 PM

He left out gun-totin’. I’m offended.

RedWinged Blackbird on September 27, 2007 at 8:23 PM

I think that’s what he meant by “cold-dead-hands.”

All in all, in a slightly sex-offender sort of way, writes some great satire. Love it.

Spc Steve on September 27, 2007 at 8:34 PM

That was hilarious. He hit just about all of it.

SouthernDem on September 27, 2007 at 8:37 PM

It’s like watching a Mel Brooks movie. He offends everyone and it’s funny.

Kini on September 27, 2007 at 8:41 PM

I think that’s what he meant by “cold-dead-hands.”

He needs to be more explicit. We neocon right-wing scumbags are a little slow.

RedWinged Blackbird on September 27, 2007 at 8:46 PM

How does one go about becoming a transfat scumbag?

cadetwithchips2 on September 27, 2007 at 9:10 PM

Well, there is no doubt, having checked my facts, this man is clearly a pedophile. He looks like one and he has a children’s show. He also looks like a lefty. Those white-haired, goatee-wearing, john lennon-spectacled humans usually go that way. In fact, I’d say he is probably a teacher, or a school administrator and has spent time at various rallies. I’d also say that he is an atheist. Has that atheist look to him.

jihadwatcher on September 27, 2007 at 9:12 PM

MORE HOT AIR!

Unka J is quite a character, but a little scary. I am quite bothered by his unqualified defense of “journalists”. Creepy and definitely unfounded. Maybe one in ten thousand so-called journalists would be willing to go to jail for their integrity, but Unka J wants to paint them all with the same saintly brush. WOW!

I believe I’ll stay here in the real world.

hillbillyjim on September 27, 2007 at 9:23 PM

I thought it was very funny too…. But I also think “Uncle Jay” may be on a sex offender registry somewhere…

darkpixel on September 27, 2007 at 9:24 PM

I thought he was being sarcastic when he said that journalists always check their facts and are a trusted source for the truth. Then showed a picture of Dan Rather.

You mean he was being serious?

jihadwatcher on September 27, 2007 at 9:26 PM

How does one go about becoming a transfat scumbag?

cadetwithchips2 on September 27, 2007 at 9:10 PM

Um, have some more chips?

RushBaby on September 27, 2007 at 9:33 PM

What I want to know is – How does Michelle have the time to watch Uncle Jay?

Buy Danish on September 27, 2007 at 9:35 PM

That was pretty darn good. Not sure why everyone thinks he looks creepy. Projection, maybe?

HillBillyJim, turn on your sarcasm/humor/irony detector. Jeez.

Splashman on September 27, 2007 at 9:37 PM

Well let’s see,I was impressed with the Rosie style multi-cloured magnets,not quite crayons but close enough.
But then it turned a bit dark like the teacher with the puppet from South Park when he said “Opinions hanging out
like their fly was open”,but when he led into the Journal–ism it almost sounded like he was saying Orga–ism,so we have a creepy Liberal who hates or dislikes Fox,thinks that Neo-corporations are bankrolling Michelle,and I’ve seen more Labels on this video than I’ve seen all week.

canopfor on September 27, 2007 at 9:52 PM

About Uncle Jay

Uncle Jay thinks it’s really, really important for today’s news to be understood by today’s innocent, ignorant and immature minds.

Also children.

“Uncle Jay Explains the News” began in 1995 on a local TV station. It even won an Emmy. Today, Uncle Jay continues his mission on the internet.

It’s his way of staying connected with young people, now that he’s no longer allowed within 500 feet of a school. Tell all your friends about Uncle Jay so that they can also learn more about the world, and about how to figure out what the heck it all means. Grownups themselves sure don’t know.

Entelechy on September 27, 2007 at 9:57 PM

What I want to know…

Buy Danish on September 27,2007 at 9:35PM

Buy Danish:It’s called Republican woman muti-tasking.Hehe

canopfor on September 27, 2007 at 9:57 PM

About Uncle Jay….
Entelechy on September 27,2007 at 9:57PM.

Entelechy:Are you saying he has a restraining order
for the protection of children!

canopfor on September 27, 2007 at 10:03 PM

Buy Danish:It’s called Republican woman muti-tasking.Hehe

canopfor on September 27, 2007 at 9:57 PM

Well, I am a Republican woman, but I haven’t quite gotten the mad multi-tasking skillz down.

Buy Danish on September 27, 2007 at 10:12 PM

O’Rielly is a reporter?

Damn. I learnded sumthin today.

mojowire on September 27, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Go to Uncle Jay’s site and watch as well the video from 9-17… you’ll gain a whole new perspective on Hillary.

T J Green on September 27, 2007 at 10:29 PM

Maybe the funniest – and most accurate – thing I’ve heard on the blogosphere …

“…. where people take objective stories with good writing, add their own opinions and bad writing … and the commentators who know even less add even worse writing …”

He nailed it all right. When you’re right, you’re right. Truth may sting a bit, but truth it is. Laugh out loud funny truth.

I believe I’ll stay here in the real world.

hillbillyjim on September 27, 2007 at 9:23 PM

Then you should join us in the real world and go watch the piece again – and have somebody explain it to you. How’d you manage to completely miss what he was saying?

Professor Blather on September 27, 2007 at 10:47 PM

A blog is something that lets ordinary people link to professional reportering and great writing, and then add their own opinions and bad writing.

That applies to almost every blog out there. The number of bloggers doing any original reporting appears to be a minute proportion of the blogosphere. I’ve worked both sides of the fence – interactive media and journalism. So when I hear a lot of the generalized bashing of journalism, I get a little bothered.

Lots of people claim to have stopped reading newspapers altogether, relying solely on blogs for hard news. But I cannot think of one blogger who sources and/or gathers all of their own facts. All of the best link to and quote from the dinosaur media everyday.

Despite the obvious biases, there is an organized system at every paper that involves fact checking and quote verification. There have been many lapses and failures in these processes across the country, with Dan Rather, Jack Kelly, Jayson Blair et al leading the pack.

But this dismissive mantra, which has become so chic, is ridiculous. Where, praytell, did we get our information about the Indonesian tsunami, war in Bosnia, the Beslan massacre, car accidents, weather, crime reports, sports scores, GM’s profit margins, etc?

Michelle Malkin is an excellent journalist. But she is a rarity among bloggers. Many bloggers have never made one phone call, got one quote or been on site live to one current event. Quotes are often the most important part of a news story. News is not just information, it’s context. Quotes give that context and texture to a story. But many, if not most bloggers, link to newspapers, periodicals, broadcast news videos, for their quotes. That’s not reporting.

Don’t get me wrong; be critical. The scrutiny is working. Every newsroom in the country has felt your impact. Many newspapers have taken tremendous profit hits. But it really does sound sophmorish and uninformed to write off every journalist and newspaper in the country as inept information agents.

Journalists, professors, actors etc are overwhelmingly liberal. Many let there biases affect their work. But then can’t the same be said of conservatives – that we are unable to think critically and act objectively?

I, for one, can do two things at once. I’ve been picking my nose while typing this comment.

***
What’s up with the pedophile talk? Next person that disparages another’s looks should post their own photo for feedback.

***
Newspapers are still extremely profitable, compared to many business models. Oil companies, manufacturers, many companies operate at 5-15% profit margins. Newspapers with 30% margins were not unheard of until the new media craze.

Remember. Newspapers and magazines are ads with articles. The articles would not be there without the advertisers. Money. Money. Money.

Respectfully submitted.

The Race Card on September 27, 2007 at 10:50 PM

Well I’m a Republican Woman…
Buy Danish on September 27,2007 at 10;12PM.

Buy Danish:Whoops,I stand to be corrected.HEhe

canopfor on September 27, 2007 at 10:58 PM

Entelechy:Are you saying he has a restraining order
for the protection of children!

canopfor on September 27, 2007 at 10:03 PM

Don’t know – I picked it up verbatim from the “About” on his site.

Btw – I found the video funny and he listed himself with the likes of Srappleface, whom I’m crazy about for the satire on current events. I had never heard of him before and don’t hold against him that he considers us all scumbags. Cheers to us all!

Entelechy on September 27, 2007 at 11:04 PM

The Race Card on September 27, 2007 at 10:50 PM

TRC, while I agree with your respectful submission, and I appreciate your other comments very much, the issue is with the ratio of liberal versus conservative reporters, newscasters, professors at any university, stations, etc.

Yes, the conservative media is building itself up, and is doing better than 20/30 years ago, but it still doesn’t have parity. I fully agree with you on the biases of both. At least the right doesn’t claim to be unbiased, as much as the left; and I mean the journalists, not the bloggers.

Entelechy on September 27, 2007 at 11:15 PM

That was pretty humorous after all.

And I’m all for the transfats. They taste good.

Bob's Kid on September 27, 2007 at 11:58 PM

Then you should join us in the real world and go watch the piece again – and have somebody explain it to you. How’d you manage to completely miss what he was saying?

It is not very hard to get the gist of what Unka J is saying; however, the way it was presented leaves a whole lot of room for misinterpretation, especially among “young’uns”, who, it seems to me, are most likely to be swayed by this bilge. The pictures flashing alongside the commentary will likely mean nothing to a large segment of those who will ultimately view this.

All in all, I find it mildly humorous, but also dangerously deceiving to the uninformed, especially presented in it’s Romper Room-like format.

See ya in the funny papers. I’ll be looking for someone to explain them to me.

:-)

hillbillyjim on September 28, 2007 at 12:29 AM

Uncle Jay is probably one of the best satirists on the web at the moment. His entire weekly video is for “children”, but really its the format that allows him to sarcastically point out how laughably banal and worthless most of the news actually is. The one about “recess” (top of the second page at the moment) is pure gold.

Mibrilane on September 28, 2007 at 2:23 AM

Checking sex offender list…”Uncle Jay”…..

Black Adam on September 28, 2007 at 2:34 AM

Wow…I haven’t seen this many knee jerk reactions since the last time I was at a sports medicine show and they were checking reflects…. IT. IS. SATIRE. PEOPLE.

wolfva on September 28, 2007 at 4:13 AM

Show me on the doll where Uncle Jay touched you.

saint kansas on September 28, 2007 at 4:16 AM

LOL, Uncle Jay was awesome.

Seriously guys, quit the sex offender garbage. You know who fits just one of the profiles of a sex offender? O.J. Simpson, big black ex-football star. This is just a snarky old man who somehow hasn’t managed to lose his sense of humor over the years.

Jeebus guys, can’t you take a little ribbing?

I mean come on, how was your sarc-o-meter not on 11 when he put up the “Bush Just Sux!” picture of the NYT imagened blog? or how about “Attack the people they’re supposed to attack, unless its Fox News where they attack the left.”

Seriously, this was Grade A satire. I’ve seen a lot worse coming from obvious Democrat hacks, like Rovemort.

BKennedy on September 28, 2007 at 4:30 AM

I thought it was pretty funny. ‘course, I “know even less and write even worse” so I could be drawing the wrong conclusion.

LB - the one that isn't LaShawn Barber on September 28, 2007 at 5:47 AM

I was using sarcasm, too. The guy was hilarious.

What, do two sarcasms create a multiplication equation where two negatives make a positive or something?

Sar-casm.

Black Adam on September 28, 2007 at 6:51 AM

Oh, come on. That was funny. If you can’t appreciate that, you need to lighten up.

Meryl Yourish on September 27, 2007 at 6:55 PM

I wasn’t offended by it or anything, but I didn’t find it all that funny. There were a couple of chuckle moments but none that made me laugh out loud.

Esthier on September 28, 2007 at 9:46 AM

Shouldn’t Uncle J. have imploded at the end from internal [self]-contradictions?

I wouldn’t let him sit anywhere near any little kids.

profitsbeard on September 28, 2007 at 9:47 AM

RushBaby on September 27, 2007 at 9:33 PM

touchè….

cadetwithchips2 on September 28, 2007 at 10:11 AM

cadetwithchips2,

How does one go about becoming a transfat scumbag?

You probably do that like this. (Link is NSFW)

Pablo on September 28, 2007 at 10:36 AM

I’m frightened by the polarity.

least1 on September 28, 2007 at 10:36 AM

Allah, was that you at the end with the Fosters?

Hootie on September 28, 2007 at 11:17 AM